At the moment it is uncertain if Kristoffer Ajer will be a Celtic player for much longer this season. Sky Sports news editor Anthony Joseph disclosed in the last 24 hours that according to Sky Sports in Italy, AC Milan are preparing a £15m bid for the centre-back.
AC Milan are preparing a £15m bid for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer, according to our colleagues at @SkySport.
They understand the Italian club are due to make contact early next week.
Milan have been keen on the Norwegian international this summer.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) September 18, 2020
That potential transfer leads to a lot of questions. Will Celtic accept the offer? Will other clubs express an interest and start a bidding war? Perhaps the biggest question will be – who will Celtic sign as a replacement?
If the Hoops get a hefty fee for Ajer, fans will no doubt expect the club to splash the cash on his replacement. That could well happen. However, should that happen, hopefully it will not hinder Stephen Welsh’s progress at Celtic.
Coped well on artificial surface
Welsh has only played one first-team game for Celtic. However, it was a testing one. He started for the Hoops on Hamilton’s notorious artificial pitch back in February, and performed admirably in a 4-1 win.
Neil Lennon must have plenty of faith in the player if he is willing to play him at such a difficult venue. The fact that Welsh was a substitute – albeit an unused one – in the recent win over Ross County shows that Lennon is still a fan of the player.
If Ajer does leave, that will leave Celtic with five players who can play at centre-back at the club. Christopher Jullien, Shane Duffy, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Nir Bitton and Welsh.
Would send good message to Hoops youngsters
Neil Lennon will then have to make a decision about signing another centre-back. Hopefully if does sign, that doesn’t prevent Welsh getting a chance in the first-team.
More game time for Welsh would also be another sign to Celtic youth players that you will get a chance in the side no mater how young you are. It happened with Jeremie Frimpong, and could happen with Welsh. Only time will tell, we shall need to see what the future hold with Kristoffer Ajer first.